Updated: March 5, 2020
How many times have you caught yourself daydreaming at work?
You have a lot of things to do. But because you lack motivation, you choose to stop and ponder why you’re stuck inside that cubicle, and wishing that you’re somewhere else.
Don’t you hate these moments when you bump into a motivational slump and you find it really hard to work and accomplish your tasks?
In my case, I did frequently experience these times when I was still a corporate slave. And the funny thing is, even now when I have my own business and have total control of my time, I still have these mental bouts between being productive or wasting my day sleeping at home.
If you want to succeed in life, I believe that a person needs to be able to learn continuous self-motivation. Because this is what drives us internally and externally to succeed in our endeavors.
Self-motivation is not only about work and business. It can be about anything that we want to attain in life. You need self-motivation to lose weight, break a bad habit, or to learn a new skill.
So what is the secret to continuous self-motivation? Here are some of the things I’ve learned:
Set goals that are simple, easy and achievable
If you want to lose 30 pounds, break it down and instead make it your goal to simply lose a pound every week.
Or if you want to start a business but you don’t have the capital to start, then stop thinking too much about it. Instead, focus on how you can save for a portion of that capital you need, every month.
Write down your goals and put it in a place where you can often see it
Whenever you see and read your note, take a moment to imagine yourself achieving that goal. You will feel refreshed and inspired by the emotional reward. This is one of the basic principles of the law of attraction.
Once you have set your goals, start immediately. Don’t make excuses. Procrastination is often a coping mechanism against the anxiety we experience when faced with a difficult or unwanted task.
To help you deal with procrastination, I suggest you revisit your goals, and then break it down into smaller tasks to make it more achievable.
Share your goals
Tell your family and friends about your goals. These are the people who want to see you succeed and will definitely help you stay inspired and dedicated.
Sharing to them your dreams and aspirations will help you stay motivated to work towards your goals. The reason is because you don’t really want to let these people down.
Even if you’re experiencing a hard time, always remain optimistic that you can reach the finish line. During these rough times, it helps to keep good company.
Spend time with your family and friends who are positive and motivated. Share your doubts and fears with them and ask for words of encouragement.
Take a break when times are tough
If you are familiar with the Don’t Quit poem, always remember the first stanza which goes:
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will.
When the road your trudging seems all uphill.
When the funds are low and the debts are high.
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Reward yourself for achieving your goals
There is no greater motivation to continue working towards the finish line than by giving yourself a pat on the back for conquering the small battles.
One reason why you need to break down your goals into smaller tasks is because it gives you a chance to congratulate yourself and harness the desire to achieve more.
When you reward yourself for moving closer to your ultimate goal, your self-esteem goes high and self-motivation becomes easier.